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Last weekend, Hubby and I went to one of my college friend’s wedding in Richmond. The wedding was wonderful! I was suprised¬†to see that there were no floral arrangements; the front of the church had a simple altar layed out for communion, which the bride and groom served, and every other pew had a ribbon and tulle bow attached. I found myself not missing the flowers, usually a must at weddings!

Here are some of the photos I took from the day:


The sepia photo in the bottom right is one of my favorites of the day!

*If you haven’t downloaded Picasa¬†yet, you should! I don’t know why I held out as long as I did — it’s a wonderful, FREE program for easy photo editing. *

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This weekend was action-packed and fun filled! Friday night, Hubby and I went to a game between the farm team for the Atlanta Braves and the Boston Red Sox. We’re lucky enough to live about 20 minutes from the Red Sox’s stadium here, so we can go frequently. Plus, general admission tickets are on $7, and they have some of my favorite ball park foods! The game really wasn’t that good or exciting, the teams are the lowest level farm teams, but we had a wonderful time.

Saturday, we traveled to one of my best college friend’s wedding. It was wonderful to see all my college friends, and the bride looked GORGEOUS!

dsc03775The wedding was in her grandparents backyard, overlooking the mountains, and was garden themed. The bride has a real love of musicals, flowers and fruit, and the wedding definitely reflected that. The grandparents were escorted down the aisle to “My Favorite Things,” the bridal party walked down to “Edelweiss,” and the bride was escorted by both of her parents to “How do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?”.

dsc03786The bride and groom’s love of their friends and family was reflected at the end of the ceremony, where personally greeted each person who attended as they left their seats.

n26002400_32431158_3995452It was so great to spend time with these wonderful girls (I’m third from the left) and celebrate the beginning of a new family! Oh, and the bride had a super-sweet idea for table centerpieces I’ll post tomorrow, so don’t miss that!

This weekend, Hubby and I went down to my parents’ house to enjoy the warmth and help my mom throw a bridal shower. I helped host and prepare food, and Hubby helped walk the dog, park cars and then stayed out of the women’s hair. Here are a few photos of the fun event:

dsc03731Check out the cute paper my mom printed the invitations on!

dsc03734One of my “tasks” was to help set the tables. I really loved the simple white placemats and napkins paired with the punchy pink Gerber Daisies (the bride-to-be’s favorite flower!).

dsc03735Here’s a closer look at the place settings, and the “library” side of my parents dining room.

dsc037361I crafted two azalea arrangements from the bushes in my parents backyard. This one sat in the entryway.

dsc03741And this one sat in our family room.

dsc03738In addition to having people sit in the dining room and breakfast area, we had seating on my parents screened-in porch.

dsc03747I helped with the prep, but my mom did all the actual cooking. Here she is with the mother of the bride and the heart shaped cheesecake she baked. I am now two pounds heavier thanks to this cheesecake.

dsc03751Here’s the bride with the monkey pot-holder my mom got her!

dsc03752Me presiding over the gifts and recipes with my high school friend, Maggie. She’s off to Boston for a fancy internship with a culinary magazine!

dsc03758This was one of the neatest shower gifts! Even though this gift didn’t fit the “theme” of the shower, it was soo cool that I can’t wait to gift someone with it! It was a clear storage box on small casters FILLED with wrapping paper, bags, tissue paper, cards and ribbon. How fun is that!?

dsc03759I really, really want a picnic basket like this now! Anyone know where I can get one? Also, how cute are the colors with the bride’s dress? She’s just too, too cute and fun!

I had a great, but exhausting time! It was so wonderful to be able to be a part of such a cute and wonderful bride’s wedding. I can’t wait to see her on her wedding day!

On a side note, I got a new haircut! I love how much lighter my hair is, and how much easier the hair that frames my face curls without all the extra weight.

dsc03742Oh, and I also had a much-needed eyebrow wax. I’m a chicken and I’m too scared someone will rip-off the skin under them if I let someone new wax them. Yay for skinny brows

Just a 20-something girl living on the East Coast, trying to figure out life. I'm a wife and mom to two. I'm trying to rediscover my love for long walks, yoga and pilates. But not hiking. I still don't like hills. I was raised at the beach, but I don't like the beach. I like to look at it, but I don't like to swim in it, I'd prefer a pool, thanks. I'm just trying to become the best person I can be -- the woman God wants me to be. That's easier said than done!

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Hubby is my all-time favorite guy. A perfect mix of serious, sarcastic, laid-back, handy and nerdy, he is the perfect complement to me. I love his strong work-ethic and the way he always loves and supports me through everything. Some of Hubby's favorite things include: hiking, Virginia Tech football, woodworking, and his family. When I married him in July 2007, I had no idea what an amazing journey we were headed on, and how I could come to love him so much more each day.

Our oldest, Colton, is three years old. He is equal parts sassy and hysterical. He loves all things train, car, bus, truck, and machine related. He has a penchant for made-up words and loves to be the clown of his pre-school class. Our younger son, Nathan, was born this May. He is pure joy and full of smiles! He is such a blessing and a perfect fit for our family.